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5 Fun(ny) Hacks to Turbocharge Your Writing Consultant Collaboration

Documenting and drinking coffee
Are you tired of your writing projects feeling like they're stuck in a black hole of time? Working with a writing consultant should be amazing, but if you're not careful, you might end up in a comedy of errors that slow down your progress. But fret not, dear reader! Here are five tips to dodge those time-sucking sinkholes and make your collaboration a success:

1. Clarify Your Goals Like You're Ordering from a Confusing Menu.. "triple shot, soy milk, cold foam, three pumps of vanilla...":
  • Trap: If your project goals are as clear as mud, you'll end up wandering in circles like a confused tourist or like me trying to find my car in the parking lot.

  • Solution: Before diving in, take a moment to spell out your objectives like you're explaining your latte. Share those delectable details with your consultant so everyone's on the same page.

2. Time Management: Avoid the Bermuda Triangle of Deadlines:
  • Pitfall: Setting deadlines tighter than your favorite pair of skinny jeans will leave everyone gasping for air.

  • Solution: Sit down with your consultant and craft timelines that are as realistic. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a documentation masterpiece. So, loosen that belt a notch and give your project the time it deserves.

3. Background Information: Don't Be Stingy with the Cheese on Your Pizza:
  • Snag: Giving your consultant less background than a B-list movie character is like throwing them into a story without a script – it's a recipe for an unexpected plot twist nobody wants.

  • Solution: Load up your consultant with all the deets they need to hit the ground running. Share everything from old drafts to style guides. The more they know, the better they can cook up something delicious for you.

4. Communication: Talk Like You're a Pilot Landing at Heathrow Airport
  • Pitfall: Inadequate communication can send your project into a tailspin faster than a sudden gust of wind.

  • Solution: Maintain communication channels as clear as a pilot's radio chat with air traffic control. Whether it's emails, phone calls, or semaphore flags, ensure seamless contact. And when your consultant delivers a draft, don't hesitate – provide feedback faster than a pilot adjusts course during turbulence.

5. Trust the Process: Let Your Consultant Shine Like a Disco Ball:
  • Danger: Micromanaging your senior-level consultant is like trying to dance the tango with two left feet – it's awkward and nobody's having fun.

  • Solution: Trust your consultant's expertise like you trust your grandma's secret spaghetti sauce recipe (or in my case her rhubarb pie). Remember, you hired them for a reason! Give them some freedom to sprinkle in their spices. Trusting the process, while checking in and communicating along the way, is the secret ingredient to a great end product.

Training Development Disco Ball

Follow these five fun tips, and your collaboration with a writing consultant will be smooth. Embrace clarity, loosen up those timelines, share your secrets, talk like you're working for the FAA, and let your consultant dazzle you with their brilliance. And before you know it, your writing projects will be soaring to new heights of success!


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